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BC's Harris nearing Ted Brown's record

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PINEHURST – In a matter of 15 minutes, four different reporters asked Boston College running back Montel Harris about Ted Brown.

Brown is the former N.C. State player who set the ACC record with 4,602 rushing yards from 1975 to 1978. Harris enters his senior season with 3,600 rushing yards, so he needs 1,003 more to break one of the ACC’s longest-standing records.

“I’m starting to hear a lot more of Ted Brown,” Harris said. “Once I go back home, I’m going to look up some tape on him.”

Harris originally committed to Duke, but backed off after the Blue Devils fired Ted Roof and hired David Cutcliffe as coach. Harris said Roof had recruited him as a running back, while Cutcliffe didn’t promise him which position he would play.

Meanwhile, then-Eagles coach Jeff Jagodzinski was scrambling to replace Andre Callender and L.V. Whitworth. Harris visited Boston College, committed and set the school freshman rushing record with 900 yards.

With regard to Brown’s record, Harris said he is trying to focus on winning rather than individual accomplishments.

“That would be a great goal to accomplish this year,” Harris said. “It will mean a lot more when I’m finished playing football and able to look back on it.”

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It's always fun when someone

It's always fun when someone is approaching a record, and Harris seems like a good enough guy to root for.  I also remember him going nuts on our ridiculously bad defense in 2009.  Good luck to him.

 

For what it's worth, I heard somewhere that players from Brown's era don't have postseason games included in their stats.  If that's true, then I wonder why the record books don't just retroactively adjust those older stats.  Either way, should be a fun storyline to watch this season.

Nice article

Refreshing to see news on other ACC teams. Hard not to root for Montel Harris unless he is playing the Heels.

Rooting for

This will never be a problem as he will never play against UNC. Unless of course it occurred in the ACCCG and if BC were to make it that far, then he would have likely already passed the old record. Of course on the other side of that equation, UNC would have to make it to that game as well. And everybody (ABCers) knows that that is not going to happen this year. It would be the end of the world.

UNC in the title game

Maybe next year.  Should line up nicely with the end of the Mayan calender, etc.

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Ken Tysiac has covered the ACC for The Charlotte Observer since 2003, and spent the previous eight years covering Clemson for the Anderson Independent-Mail and then The State in South Carolina. He grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.
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